Lockdown has led to a boom in online meetings, presentation, webinars, presentations, demonstrations, and training.
Businesspeople who formerly presented face-to-face have been forced to turn to video software like Zoom and Teams, and we have all experienced the full quality spectrum of them over the last year. In fact, a fair few online mishaps have gone viral – from video bombing by children to cat filters being turned on in a US court hearing!
Indeed, it is not just presenters and trainers who have moved online. Company owners and managers are now networking, meeting and liaising online with their teams, customers, prospects and suppliers.
This boom has many advantages, not least in cutting travel time and carbon emissions. But not everyone has found the transition easy or natural. Speaking and presenting effectively online requires a new skill set and mindset.
When the first lockdown hit, we took our business – public speaking and presentation training – and pivoted. We already delivered some training online, but now we went online with our whole suite of courses and modules – everything from coping with nerves, to how to be effective in meetings.
As well as delivering our own training online, we’ve adapted the content of our training to help people present themselves online. There’s a certain irony there!
Going online and adapting the training to online has certainly benefited our businesses. It has accelerated our plans to create on-demand training (imminent launch), which can be played online and completed when convenient via a dedicated student dashboard. This sits nicely alongside our live, online training.
We will be back training face to face, but even then, the landscape of presentations and public speaking has changed. Learning to be effective online will never be a wasted skill.
We are proud that this article was requested to feature on the Work From Home Game Changer website also, and if any areas resonate for you or your teams, get in touch to discuss how we may be able to help provide the skills and confidence necessary to continue your presence, representation, and important ongoing work online.
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